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Time is ticking

Children feel so proud of themselves when they’ve learned to tell the time. You can use these games and activities to help them with time-keeping, and keep them focused.

What's the time Mr Wolf?

The next time your child has some pals round, they could play 'What's the time Mr Wolf?' Mr Wolf stands at one end of the room and the players at the other. Mr Wolf turns his back while the others shout 'What's the time Mr Wolf?' Mr Wolf answers with a time (4 o'clock for example) and the players then take 4 steps towards him. They keep asking the question until he shouts 'Dinnertime' and tries to catch a player.

Stop the clock

For a quick game using a clock, or the timer on your mobile phone, ask your child to find as many green items as they can in the living room in 30 seconds. To mix it up, change the amount of time you have, the room that you're looking in and the colour you choose. Why not join in yourself, and take it in turns to time each other as you move from room to room. It’ll keep you both fit too.

Ready, steady, go!

Why not try using a stopwatch or a clock with a second hand to help your child measure how long it takes to do some short activities - for example, tidy up toys, wash your hands, brush your hair. They’ll be done in record time.

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Handy tips

Next time you’re in a shop, get your child to look for prices and check how much different things cost. You could turn it into a bit of a treasure hunt, and look for items that cost more than and less than £1. Or look for any item that costs £2 exactly. If something is on offer – 2 for £1, say – you could help your child work out what each individual item costs.

Choose a letter of the alphabet, then ask your child to write down a food, an animal, a name, and a place that begins with this letter.

Playing dice games with your child is a simple way you can help them with their counting.